Fields of Grief and Joy

Years ago I stood in a quiet Pennsylvania field.  It was as beautiful that day as it was today, and as it was fourteen years ago.  I had my oldest son with me there.  He was just 3 years old and didn’t know why just being there was terribly difficult.  He didn’t understand the long granite path into a field that seemingly held nothing.  I didn’t tell him that day that free men and women died in that field not that long ago in the most recent shots of a clash of civilizations because he didn’t yet have the maturity to understand.  Funny thing is that the joy of taking a walk with his dad was infectious.

There was sadness and grief there, but there was also joy.  Joy in the bright sunshine and perfectly cloudless blue sky.  Joy in the quiet solitude of the field and the trees beyond.  Joy in the eyes of a child and the new place.

I have said before that I have learned so much more about God after becoming a father.  That day God used my son to teach me a lesson that I knew intellectually, but had never really thought through.

I knew the moment that I first saw the towers burning that Americans were dying at the hands of a mortal enemy.  I knew that moment that my life and everyone’s lives would change forever.  I was sad for my country and grieved the loss of life.  That grief turned to anger, as it did for many.

What I didn’t know was that God was setting me up for that day years later in that field – so that I might finally understand this:

You have turned for me my mourning into dancing;
    you have loosed my sackcloth
    and clothed me with gladness,
that my glory may sing your praise and not be silent.
    O Lord my God, I will give thanks to you forever!

Psalm 30:11-12

Strategy and Tactics

http://nation.foxnews.com/paul-harvey/2012/03/21/1965-if-i-were-devil-warning-nation-paul-harvey

Think about all the things going on in the world today… all the messages we hear… all the things we are told to tolerate… from whom do they come?  Scary to think about it when you do so honestly.

Who’s will are you bending to?

The Night of Long Knives

Quick history lesson first before we get into the here and now.

The Night of Broken Glass (Kristallnacht) occurred more than 70 years ago.  This was a German move against members of their own society – Jews.  Jewish-owned stores, buildings, synagogues, homes, hospitals, and schools were attacked – windows broken, demolished, ransacked, vandalized, and burned to the ground.  91 Jews were killed. 30,000 Jews were arrested. Over 1,000 synagogues were burned. Over 7,000 Jewish businesses had their buildings destroyed.  Up until this point in time, Jewish persecution in German-held territory had been limited to politics, social status, and economics.  Following this night, that persecution shifted to physical violence – beatings and murder.  Kristallnacht is considered the very beginning of the horrible evil that has come to be known as the Holocaust.

Now, why would I bring this up today?

Because we, as humans short on perspective and wisdom, are so prone to revisit the mistakes and evils of the past.

Following nearly a week of church burnings and Islamist attacks on Christian sites, the targeting of Christians in Egypt continued with reports of nuns being paraded in the streets, two Christians killed, a statue of the Virgin Mary decapitated, and two Christian female siblings being groped by a mob.

Many Islamists Fault Egypt’s Coptic Christians

In Egyptian village, Christian shops marked ahead of church attack

Islamist mob parades nuns in Cairo as prisoners of war after six hours looting church school and replacing cross with banner resembling Al Qaeda flagThe tremors in Egypt threaten to engulf the region and the world as an whole in a conflict unseen on this planet for a generation.  Christians make up a small minority of the population in Egypt and they are a likely scapegoat for the troubles in that country, the question we have to ask ourselves is who the Egyptians will blame when all of the Christians have been bled out or fled the country.  Israel is next door.History has a nasty habit of repeating itself.

Time to Abolish the IRS

The IRS internal investigation concluded six months prior to the 2012 Presidential election and was concealed from Congress (Daily Mail).

The official, Lois Lerner, that oversaw the division that processed tax-exempt organization applications has asserted that she has done nothing wrong or illegal and then invoked her Fifth Amendment right to not be forced to testify against oneself (FoxNews).

The IRS has failed to fulfill a House Ways & Means Committee demand for documentation (CNSNews).

The IRS has willfully lied to Congress, and the White House to the public via the media, about the depth and breadth of the politically-motivated targeting of conservative, Constitution-teaching, Jewish, and patriotic organizations applying for tax-exempt status.  The IRS is also walking around with blood-red hands from the political-targeted audits of prominent conservative donors and media personalities (Fox19).

The IRS from top to bottom is proving itself to be a partisan weapon to be unleashed on political enemies of whoever is in charge.  As such, it is detrimental to our free republic and itself has become a domestic enemy of these United States as it seeks to play by its own rules, use our own Constitutional protections to shield itself and it’s employees from inquiry, and to deny any and all who fall into their bad graces the same protections.

It has become time to eliminate the Internal Revenue Service completely.

 

Tremors

This must stop.  This is nothing short of murder on the part of the doctor.  Whoever issued his medical license should immediately revoke it as he is clearly violating the spirit, if not the letter, of the Hippocratic Oath.  So is this.  

To see someone so casually discussing what is, to most people, murder of a defenseless infant (not an embryo, not a fetus, an INFANT – born and alive outside of the mother’s uterus), is absolutely vile and disgusting (not to mention ILLEGAL). THIS. MUST. STOP.  There are few things in the world that anger me so much, but this casual discussion – this frank, evil speech, angers me because it is not just sinful, it is not just callous, as a father, as a son, as a man – THIS IS EVIL.  There is no explanation that can do away with how terribly evil this is.  The people in the videos have been so immersed in it for so long that they do not even realize how tragic it really is. 

On another issue at the forefront of Constitutional Rights…

THIS

SHELTER-IN-PLACE

CRAP

MUST STOP NOW.

Shelter-in-place is a new euphemism for the old term “martial law.”  Now, is this full-blown martial law – not yet (emphasis on yet), but it is a step in that direction.  Of the linked examples above, we’re talking about domestic criminals – murderers, rapists, but no different than the murderers and rapists of a year or two ago where good old-fashioned investigative police work is usually the key to a conviction that not only the people want and support, but is essential to community-based policing.  This shelter-in-place crap has the potential to quickly be abused and get out of hand.

 

 

 

 

 

Infinite Power – Itty Bitty Living Space

Furthermore, while saying the federal deficit does indeed need to be curtailed, Mr. Bloomberg argued the United States could owe “an infinite amount of money” and there is no specific amount that would cause the country to default.

Politicker, Colin Campbell

Really Mayor Bloomberg?  How certain are you of that little assertion?

Infinite debt would mean that the debt issued currency is worthless.  Do you really want to open that can of worms?  Do you really want to tell everyone who lives in this country, openly, that their wealth is nothing but debt notes – essentially IOUs?  I know you are a fool, but stop speaking and confirming it for all the world to see.

Here is the God-honest truth.  For the United States, or any other government, business entity, or individual in existence to spend beyond their means, they must have someone, a government, business entity, or individual, willing to front their own capital as credit for them to do so.  This is how deficit spending works.  Bonds, certificates of deposit, corporate paper, stocks, funds, etc… they all exist fundamentally in order to enable credit-based spending by someone.

Mayor Bloomberg, what happens when suddenly no one is available or willing to lend money for deficit spending?  Will the Fed charge to the rescue?

The Federal Reserve is already up to their eyeballs in bad debt with the so-called recovery and the paper shuffling and outright fraud that occurred in order to deceive the American public and the world that the debt intrinsic within the government-manipulated mortgage market had been properly cleared from the balance sheets, when in fact it had simply been shifted to the Reserve’s books and off of the lenders’.

The problem is that spending can not increase in perpetuity.  Without actual wealth generation, any currency creation beyond the available pool only serves to devalue the currency across the board.  This is a basic economic law.  Supply, demand, and valuation are intrinsically linked and the mathematical relationship between them CANNOT be tinkered with as it is outside of your, and anyone else’s, control.  That economic law is as concrete as the laws of thermodynamics, the principle of conservation of mass, and the speed of light.

And here’s where the essential problem is for progressives – they deny the absolute nature of this world.  They may give lip service to the constant relationships that have been measured, but they do not believe them to be true, or worse, they believe that they themselves have the power, wisdom, and ability to rewrite these constants as they see fit.  This is megalomania writ large.  This is equating yourself with God.

In the course of human history, these men have all met the same end.

God save us.

III

Intel

The current parrot line issued from the administration about the fiasco in Benghazi (previously written about here and here) is that there wasn’t enough intel to risk deploying forces in support of U.S. Ambassador Stevens and the other personnel under attack at the time.

I did indicate in that second article that U.S. air force bases with aircraft able to respond in short order would have been able to put American air power over the scene in short order.  There is a lot of chatter coming about stand down orders being issued.  There is even chatter that Generals and Admirals were relieved of duty for deciding to disobey the stand down order as they viewed it as either illegal or immoral.  That will all be sorted out as more information is brought to light.

***Update (January 24, 2013)***  This is hearsay only at this point, but this morning on the Quinn and Rose show on the radio, a caller from Canton, Ohio identified himself as a marine, and his son as a marine who happened to be on a ship off the coast of Libya on September 11, 2012.  The marine commander of that ship debriefed his troops after being told directly by the President of the United States personally to stand down and not launch a rescue effort.  This jives with a lot of the conjecture previously of the removal of General Carter Ham of AFRICOM for refusing to obey that order).

There is something that is being lost in the weeds that are popping up around this fiasco.  Since when has the lack of intelligence hamstrung our fighting men and women from responding when other Americans are in danger?

I refer you to this list. You see, Americans have never shied away from battle to save their fellow Americans. The operators and pilots called upon to render assistance, if told there wasn’t enough intel, would simply ask for more ammo. They would volunteer to deploy as reinforcements in less than a heartbeat…. they would land in an untenable situation knowing that they would likely die, because they believe in an ideal… that ideal is best explained in the words of Lieutenant Colonel William Barret Travis, who wrote during the Siege of the Alamo.

I call on you in the name of Liberty, of patriotism & everything dear to the American character, to come to our aid, with all dispatch… If this call is neglected, I am determined to sustain myself as long as possible & die like a soldier who never forgets what is due to his own honor & that of his country—Victory or Death.

I wish to have no Connection with any Ship that does not Sail fast for I intend to go in harm’s way.

Captain John Paul Jones

Act of War

It isn’t every day that you see an act of war go completely disregarded.

Overnight, the US Ambassador to Libya was killed. Along with the Ambassador, three embassy staff were killed also.  Earlier in the day, another State Department officer was killed.  Couple these deaths with the invasion of sovereign US soil, which an embassy is under recognized international and U.S. law, and we witnessed not one, but three distinct acts of war on the parts of the people of Libya and Egypt.

Is this the Arab Spring we were told was happening?  The ushering out of brutal dictators and the ushering in of the rule of the Arab fanatical mob?

We may not have felt it today here in flyover country, but our nation was attacked three times in the past twenty-four hours, and we have done nothing.  We will do nothing because our current commander-in-chief is incapable of regarding the world as it is and recognizing our enemies for what they are.

War has been declared, the physical territory of the United States has not only been violated, but citizens and officials from our nation have been killed in cold blood.  Will we sit and do nothing or will we take heed of George Washington’s calculated advice?

If we desire to avoid insult, we must be able to repel it; if we desire to secure peace, one of the most powerful instruments of our rising prosperity, it must be known, that we are at all times ready for War.

George Washington

 

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